Mexico is sending more than 100 firefighters and support staff to help Ontario in its fight against several large forest fires in the Northwest.
The Mexican fire crews will be briefed on fire, safety and COVID-19 protocols before receiving their fire assignments. The firefighters will be required to follow the health and safety guidelines recommended by the Chief Medical Officer of Health, such as physical distancing, frequent hand washing, and daily self-assessments. The Mexican fire crews will also remain in their own cohort.
“We are thankful for the brave efforts of Ontario’s forest firefighters and all the people that support their efforts to keep our Northern communities safe,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry, in a prepared release.
The forest fire hazard remains high to extreme across the region as the hot, dry conditions continue.
As of July 15, there are 94 active fires in the region. Thirty-two fires are not under control, seven fires are being held, 25 fires are under control and 30 fires are being observed.
This includes two massive fires that are threatening the communities of Red Lake and Madsen.